Review: Meet the Robinsons

April 3, 2007

My children loved last year’s Disney hit Cars, so we couldn’t wait to see Meet The Robinsons.  We’d been watching the trailers with the musical frogs and the dinosaur with “a big head and little arms” since the Superbowl.

However, about a half hour into the movie, I was beginning to wonder if the trailers were the best part of the movie.

Meet the RobinsonsThe movie is about Lewis, a 12-year-old orphan with an affinity for science and inventions much to the chagrin of his orphanage roommate Michael “Goob” Yagoobin who loses sleep and eventually the big game due to Lewis’ late night lab time.

When Lewis’ latest invention, a machine that will let him view the memory of his mother’s face thereby allowing him to then find his mother, fails, Lewis is ready to give up. 

Enter Wilbur Robinson, a 13-year-old boy from the future who enlists Lewis’ help to stop the Bowler Hat Man who stole one of Wilbur’s father’s time machines as much as to prevent Lewis from renouncing his affection towards inventing.

Frankie and the FrogsWilbur whisks Lewis away to the future where the film gets very jumpy as Lewis encounters a large number of people, all members of Wilbur’s family.  While these characters look like they would be interesting we don’t really get a chance to know them other than for a quick quip.

After the introductions the film, at long last, gets into the meat of plot and finally captures the viewers attention.  And the plot is a good one with a couple of surprising twists.

If you can make it through the rough, jerky beginning, the film proves itself to be a worthwhile watch with a few good messages for the children.

First, the Robinsons, we learn, celebrate failure — not because they don’t believe in succeeding, but because they believe that by failure you learn and will go on to be more successful.

In addition to learning not to give up (a la The Little Engine that Could), Lewis learns to redefine his idea of a family after meeting the Robinsons.  A great message for families with adopted children or non-traditional family elements, Lewis discovers that a family is more that the one’s birth parents.

And for all you fans of Mr. Walt Disney, I think you might find a little similarity between the film’s optimistic vision of the future and Mr. Disney’s vision.

Add the great soundtrack and we’ll be adding this DVD (when released) to our collection even if we won’t rush out to see it again in the theater.  I just hope they include the Mickey Mouse cartoon short they showed before the movie on the DVD!

Note:  we did not view the 3-D version.

(Photos courtesy of Internet Movie Database)